Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Tuesday October 29 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Mixed performance behind Canada’s 20th place on gender equality index

A recent report by the World Economic Forum places Canada in 20th position among 136 countries on gender equality.

The Global Gender Gap Report has been released since 2006 and looks at four measures to determine national gender gaps: economic participation and opportunity, education attainment, health and survival and political empowerment.

Canada moved up one position since 2012, a ...

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Government ministers fan out across Canada to promote EU trade deal

“This trade agreement is an historic win for Canada,” said Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he signed a tentative EU-Canada trade agreement with the European Commission on October 18, 2013.

With the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada will have access to more than 500 million consumers, and most trade tariffs will be dropped.

But critics ...

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Getting bees to help control pests

Canadian researchers have found that bees can be used to deliver pest control agents to plants as they pollinate them.  Bees leaving their hives walk through a tray of organic pest controls that stick to their legs and hair. When they pollinate the plants they leave behind the fungus, bacterium or virus that then infect and kill the pests. ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain slams Canadian seal hunt ban

A boycott of Canadian seafood products because of seal hunting has attracted support from 42 high-profile US chefs, but certainly not from celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.

On Monday, he began tweeting a series of messages asking the chefs who joined the boycott to reconsider their support.

"I'm all for protecting seals, but a total ban ...

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Study: Canada not prepared for a major earthquake

Canada is not prepared to handle a major earthquake, and the economic impact of a major earthquake would be significant, according to a new study released Tuesday (October 29) by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

"Insurers, governments and all Canadians have a responsibility to prepare," said Don Forgeron, the President and CEO of the IBC. "If a mega-earthquake ...

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Costumes honoring Canadian astronaut popular on Halloween

Canadians young and old are dressing up as astronauts for Halloween, and the idea came from Canada’s most popular astronaut himself. Last week, Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, tweeted out a call for pictures of astronaut costumes for Halloween.

“I'll send the winners some cool prizes!” he tweeted.

That’s all it took for ...

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Ottawa conference on future of humanitarian response

A one day conference on Wednesday (October 30) in Ottawa will look at improving humanitarian response to disasters around the world.

Entitled "The Future of Humanitarian Response: Towards More Effective, Accountable and Innovative Approaches" the conference is co-hosted by Canada's Humanitarian Coalition of five aid agencies, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the conference brings together aid agency personnel, ...

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Great white shark tracked off Newfoundland

Privately-funded researchers are tracking a great white shark off Canada’s east coast province of Newfoundland and Labrador they have named Lydia. The group called Ocearch first caught and tagged the shark off the coast of Florida, posting a video of the event on line.

Chris Fischer, the founding chairman of Ocearch, said he was surprised to track the ...

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Canada lacks easy pipeline data: US group

Canada has no one comprehensive map showing pipelines, as does the United States with its National Pipeline Mapping System. That system allows citizens to search by operator, pipeline name or even the status of the pipeline and whether it is in service or has been abandoned.

US activist “shocked” a lack of information in Canada

"I was kind ...

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